Top 10 Moments of Grammys 2014
10. When Pharrell’s hat made its debut.
Pharrell is a fashion icon, okay? This is a fact. But when the ageless (see: wrinkle-free at 40) super-producer arrived on the red carpet with a questionable headpiece, viewers could only think to put their hands to their hearts and pledge to prevent forest fires. Because that’s what Smokey the Bear wanted, right? Or was Skateboard P just showing his respect for the Canadian Mounties? Or did he simply, as sandwich super-chain Arby’s noticed, steal their very logo? So much for being a trendsetter, you style thief. The look even spawned its own Twitter account.
9. When Pink proved that, yes, practice does indeed make perfect.
Nobody doubts that Pink is an incomparable performer. We’ve seen her swing and spin and soar and sing while suspended in the air, never missing a note; and fly and float in aerial acrobatic acts while laughing in the face of lip-synchers. But we witnessed that extraordinary artistry, for the first time, at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in 2010.
It’s been four years and Pink is still (quite literally) pulling the same ol’ stunts. Granted, it’s remarkable every time we see it–last night’s performance of “Try” and “Just Give Me a Reason” was no different–and it also serves as proof that there aren’t many who can go toe-to-toe (or tightrope-to-tightrope) with Pink, but we would have loved to see something new. But, if nothing else, she reminded all of us to hit the gym, like, today.
8. When Lorde graciously accepted her rightfully-deserved awards.
The omnipresent “Royals” won for both Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of The Year, but Lorde never seemed to get comfortable with her success. Instead, she sounded like any teenager recounting the tale of a wild Saturday night; quoted gems included, “It’s been mental” and, hashtag-favorite, “I can’t.” Luckily for us, her songwriting is a ways ahead of her acceptance speech skills.
7. When Katy Perry tried to make sorcery sexy.
Begone candy canes and cupcakes and cotton candy! Katy Perry has ushered in a new era and it includes none of the things that made her famous in the first place. No, this time around, for the performance of her chart-rising, Juicy J-assisted single “Dark Horse,” Katy did away with the sweet strawberries and replaced them with smoke machines and stripper poles. And those stripper poles were made of over-sized brooms. And her iconic whipped cream bra was swapped for a witch’s costume every parent would hate come Halloween. And there were mangled trees and an eerie moon and, any minute now, some killjoy will claim it was Satanic, when instead it was actually a solid show.
6. Per usual, any time Taylor Swift appeared.
T-Swizzle is everyone’s favorite front-row occupant because she is the most expressive award show audience member #ofalltime. (Even Kanye West would agree.) When she wasn’t trademarking this ‘come hither’ finger wiggle-turned-body roll, she was bopping and bouncing with all the street cred she could conjure from the countryside. And when she herself was performing on stage, she was unabashedly and un-self-consciously giving her all to a new move we will call: the ‘reverse head-bang.’ Take that, rock stars!
Sadly though, her final gif-worthy moment came when she (and her entire entourage) thought her album “Red” had won the award for Album of the Year (and they reacted as such), only to find out that the trophy was going to another “R”-titled album, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” Yikes.
5. When Jay shouted out the heir to his throne.
Peasants spent much of the show awaiting the moment their newborn queen’s name was uttered and Jay-Z granted their wishes when he, upon winning the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration award for “Holy Grail,” closed his acceptance speech with a confirmation of what we all already knew to be true: that his daughter Blue Ivy’s life is much, much better than ours.
After first demonstrating an uncharacteristic act of PDA for his wife Beyonce (“I want to thank God, I mean, a little bit for this award, but also all the universe for conspiring and for putting that beautiful light of a young lady in my life”), he hoisted up his phonograph-shaped trophy and added, “I want to tell Blue, ‘Look, Daddy got a gold sippy cup for you!'” Blue wins everything.
4. When “Get Lucky” made everyone move.
If you needed any proof that Daft Punk, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder’s mash-up medley of their respective hits “Get Lucky,” “Freak Out” and “Another Star” was anything short of epic, just take a look at all these celebrities throwing caution to the wind and showing off their best (this is arguable) two-steps. Here’s Katy Perry trying to catch the rhythm, and Paul McCartney (above) snapping his fingers like his life depended on it, and Steven Tyler doing the hustle, and Yoko Ono not giving a single damn.
3. When Beyonce & Jay-Z opened the show with “Drunk In Love.”
Secrets are Beyonce’s thing. Obviously. We all remember that album she dropped without any publicity or fanfare, yes? Good. So she probably wasn’t ecstatic when CBS aired a commercial last week listing her and Jay-Z as performers for this year’s Grammy Awards. Sure, the clip that spilled the beans was later deleted from YouTube, but it was too late; the word was out.
But with significantly less production and stylizing than we’re used to seeing from a grand Beyonce spectacle, her “Drunk in Love” performance was boring. It featured nothing but a chair on a rotating platform! Oh, wait, and a Beyonce that looked as if she’d just stepped out of the shower. Decked in what can only be described as fishnets for that “fatty” the song keeps mentioning. Flaunting a chemistry with her hubby that us regular humans can only dream of. Nevermind, where’s our “surfboard” when we need one?
2. When the performance of “Same Love” doubled as a wedding for 33 couples
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pro-equality anthem “Same Love” is as empowering as it is sappy, so it should come as no surprise that when you tack on the first-ever, we’ll call it, flash mob of marriages, things can get a little emotional. Having already experienced the song’s chart success, the rapper-producer duo selflessly used this performance to serve as the non-traditional platform–makeshift altar and all–for 33 couples to exchange vows and rings over the watchful eye of, well, the entire music industry.
Long-time supporter of “U.N.I.T.Y.,” a licensed (we hope) Queen Latifah officiated the gay and straight weddings live on air and now these lucky couples can forever say that their love was “consummated” by a cowboy hat-loving, “Music”-era Madonna (who reemerged to mash-up her hit “Open Your Heart”), that Katy Perry caught the bouquet, that Beyonce and Jay-Z were non-crashing wedding guests. And, yeah, that they were a part of history, too.
1. When Imagine Dragons & Kendrick Lamar gave us what we didn’t know we wanted.
Most music moguls probably operate under the impression that those who enjoy the uplifting lyrics of an explosive alt-pop band don’t enjoy the musings of a Compton-bred rapper (and vice versa), but they–and admittedly much of the audience–were proved wrong last night when some genius, who will likely remain nameless, made them the Odd Couple of Award Shows.
What started off as a slow and steady performance of the band’s “Radioactive” soon morphed into a high-energy, head-banging, percussion-pounding version of the rapper’s “M.A.A.D. City” and then climaxed with, not only the release of red powder-bombs to messy their pristine white suits, but the reveal of their never-before-heard collaborative remix to “Radioactive.” It was a rock-and-rap fusion that would have made Aerosmith and Run DMC proud, and if you weren’t dancing, it was only because you were delightfully dumbfounded.
Article by Danielle Cheesman